Dr. Lisa Knight received her degree in anthropology, focusing on gender and religion in South Asia. Her research, on a small religious group in the Bengali speaking region of South Asia, has been funded by grants from Fulbright, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, and the Research and Development Fund at Furman. Her work has been published in journals and as a book.
At Furman, she teaches courses on South Asia, gender, religious identities, rituals, and power and resistance for the Departments of Asian Studies and Religion, and the anthropology major.
Experience in Asia
Dr. Knight's doctoral research included over two years of fieldwork in rural West Bengal and both urban and rural Bangladesh between 1998 and 2000. She focused her project on women members of a small religious group called the Bauls, popularly known as musical mendicants who are opposed to the caste system and sectarianism. In 2007, she returned to India to collect songs composed by women in order to prepare her book for publication. Her book, Contradictory Lives, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Also in 2011, she began her next project on teaching narratives and the intersections of NGOs and Baul performers in West Bengal.